LEGO Master Builder Academy

LEGO Master Builder Academy (Image courtesy LEGO)
By Andrew Liszewski

If I had to compile a list of the best jobs on Earth the only position that would top astronaut, caveman and ninja star tester would be a LEGO Master Builder. I mean sitting around and building things out of LEGO all day? That’s like re-living ages 4 to 23, but getting paid to do it! Unfortunately years of writing have left me with terribly mangled blogger’s fingers, so such a dream is long gone for me. But if you’ve got kids at home with an affinity for interlocking plastic bricks, LEGO’s Master Builder Academy could put them on the right track to a pretty awesome career.

There are 6 MBA kits in total, but you begin with a starter kit that includes a handbook and a 3-in-1 LEGO model. ($29.99) Besides just building the included space-themed vehicles, the MBA lessons also teach LEGO theory and design including principles like interlocking and stability, color and shape design, microscale building, balance, details, themes and even how to plan out a creation in 3D using brickpaper sketches. Once you’ve finished the first kit there are 5 others that can be purchased as a subscription, with each one arriving every two months covering other themes like robots and vehicles. ($69.99) Of course working through all of the models and handbooks doesn’t guarantee there’s a job for you at LEGO, but an online community lets you share your creations and designs, so there’s a chance your work get noticed.

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